Arthritis is a debilitating condition that affects over 54 million Americans, or just under 23 percent of the U.S. population. Whether related to degenerating cartilage in joints (osteoarthritis) or a still not well-understood inflammation reaction (rheumatoid arthritis), arthritis detracts from the overall quality of life by making normal tasks painful or almost impossible to complete.
In response to the pain and lack of mobility they suffer, millions of people seek treatment for arthritis conditions every year. Some find relief, others do not, and still others encounter side effects so severe that they rival their initial condition.
For people interested in treating their arthritis through non-invasive approaches that reduce their reliance on drugs or risk of side effects, consider chiropractic. Chiropractic care for arthritis can help alleviate symptoms as well as their underlying causes. Some individuals may find complete relief through chiropractic alone, while others may be able to make their existing care regimen more effective through the addition of chiropractic treatment.
Learn how chiropractic for arthritis can help alleviate symptoms and underlying causes of both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
What Is Arthritis?
There are two general types of arthritis.
First and most common is osteoarthritis (OA). This condition is a natural consequence of aging and the repetitive stress of daily living. Over time, these two factors wear down cartilaginous tissues that normally provide a cushion between major bone joints. As a result, bones can make contact with other bones, causing painful friction. Bones may even grow additional tissues called “spurs” or “lips,” leading to even more painful bone-on-bone contact. Friction within hips upon the two major femur socket joints is one of the most common manifestations of OA.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a less-common but still prevalent condition that affects millions of Americans. Unlike OA, RA may not always have obvious causes. Inflammation within joints generally causes pain and can even lead to bone displacement, unusual growths or tissue death. Many researchers suspect RA to be an autoimmune condition, where the body’s immune cells attack its own tissues, causing damage and inflammation.
How Chiropractic for Arthritis Can Provide Relief
While no treatment can turn back the clock on our age, chiropractic’s ability to correct spinal abnormalities can help improve posture in individuals and relieve pressure on key joints that compress nerves and cause restricted functioning.
For instance, those suffering from OA in their hands may have subluxations in their upper back that weaken both muscle control and pain signal response, causing additional weakness and amplifying the sensation individuals with pain may feel. Correcting these subluxations can restore normal functioning to extremities, improving blood and nutrient flow to affected joints to relieve pain while alleviating complications related to nerve blockage.
The Arthritis Foundation even acknowledges that medical research has demonstrated chiropractic’s effectiveness for treating conditions like OA-related knee pain. They also quote medical experts suggesting that spinal manipulation can be an effective treatment for reducing inflammation and pain, which can in turn greatly benefit an RA care regimen that includes a modified anti-inflammatory diet and therapeutic exercise.
Putting all the information together, conditions like RA and OA may seem unavoidable given their connection with aging and common conditions like chronic inflammation, but there are plenty of options for relief. Chiropractic care has been identified as one of the more effective of these options, especially when combined with therapeutic exercise and other lifestyle changes.
Explore the life-changing benefits of chiropractic for arthritis when you book a consultation appointment today.